Don’t put it off – nominate for the Valerie Baker Memorial Award

Val BakerInsurance is such an important service for our customers right through to the strength of our economy. With so much negative press, it is fantastic to see quality awards being offered to those true professionals in our industry.

One of the premier awards is The Valerie Baker Memorial Award. This Award recognises excellence in professional practice in the General Insurance intermediary sector including both broking and underwriting agencies.  It is awarded nationally once every year and is sponsored jointly by Gold Seal and the Steadfast Group.

Belinda Scott (right) receiving her award from Sheila Baker of Gold Seal.

Belinda Scott (right) receiving her award from Sheila Baker of Gold Seal.

The 2013 winner was Belinda Scott, Director, BJS Insurance Brokers. Having worked on claims matters with Belinda, I know she is a great ambassador to our industry and was a deserved winner. Speaking of her experience in winning the award she said:

 “I never imagined winning this award would provide me with such an educational experience.  It has been exciting bringing the experiences back and using them to continue to grow our business.  I can’t wait to see who will win this year and am looking forward to helping the finalists make the most of their adventure.”

The Award memorialises the achievements Val Baker, a doyen of our industry in every sense of the word. She put in a lifetime of effort to improve the professionalism of the Insurance Broking and Underwriting Agency industries with her work continuing by encouraging high potential individuals with this award.

The prize is based in London to acknowledge and underline the importance of London Market knowledge to Australian intermediaries.

The winner will receive an exclusive opportunity to learn about and just as important make contacts in the London and Lloyd’s market which remains the centre of the industry worldwide. The fantastic prize includes:

  • Expenses-paid trip to London – business class air fares and accommodation
  • Attendance at a Chartered Insurance Institute short course
  • Focused learning activities with key underwriters and brokers
  • Meet with senior managers at Lloyd’s of London
  • Mentoring opportunities from 2013 winner Belinda Scott

Nominations for the 2014 Award close in just a few days (6th February) and I would urge you to consider nominating yourself or one of your colleagues. There are no age restrictions with the only criteria being that you work for a broking house or underwriting agency. If you fit this simple criteria, there are no excuses, just get in and nominate. Like most things in life the more you put in the more you get out. I cannot stress enough how good an opportunity this is and even if you do not win you will be better for the experience. So click on the link below and nominate. (And if you take this advice and win, remember this blog in your acceptance speech!)

Seriously, I am happy to help with the nomination if you need anything.

To learn more about this great initiative and award please go to

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